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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Randy do when LaVerne is attacked?
(a) He pushes her over the edge.
(b) He tries to save her.
(c) He tries to burn LaVerne's attacker.
(d) He just watches.

2. Who is Lina to Richard Hagstrom?
(a) His niece.
(b) His wife.
(c) His sister.
(d) His daughter.

3. To what destination is Mark taking his family by way of the jaunt?
(a) China.
(b) Mars.
(c) California.
(d) Istanbul.

4. Where does the narrator of "Paranoid: A Chant" believe he cannot go?
(a) To the bathroom.
(b) To the basement.
(c) To the living room.
(d) Outside.

5. What ultimately happens to Charles's teacher?
(a) She returns to class.
(b) She is eaten by the tiger.
(c) She is fired.
(d) She loses her mind.

Short Answer Questions

1. Richard deletes Seth and Lina and replaces them with whom?

2. What happened to Mark's son in "The Jaunt"?

3. Where did the inventor of the jaunt make his discovery?

4. To what city does Mrs. Todd offer to take Homer?

5. Where is the inventor's splinter displayed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think Mike Scollay was implying when he told the coronet player that he was going to have to play loud?

2. Compare/contrast the two rooms in the PAT. Why do you think they are so drastically different?

3. The creator of the teleportation device used in the jaunt first experimented with mice. What is the significance of the first trip taken by the mice?

4. Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect; an extravagant statement. For example, "The sun was blindingly bright and hotter than ten thousand fires." Give an example of hyperbole from "The Wedding Gig" and give an explanation of why King uses it in this story.

5. "Word Processor of the Gods" could fit into several different genres. Which genre do you think it fits into best and why?

6. What is the purpose of King's use of a "Wouldn't it be funny if . . . ?" beginning to his short stories? What do you think this method adds to or detracts from his stories?

7. In "Paranoid: A Chant," there are several instances in which the narrator is showing how obviously disturbed he is. Give one such example and tell why you think that example fits.

8. In "Word Processor of the Gods," what do you think about Richard's choice of his brother's family over his own? Is a choice made of faithfulness or greed?

9. What seems to be the factor linking Mrs. Todd and Homer?

10. In "Here There Be Tygers", Charles returns to his classroom casually after the deaths of his teacher and classmate. What do you think this implies about what Charles has just experienced?

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